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The Nick Moss Band Featuring Dennis Gruenling Announce LUCKY GUY! Tour

[07/16/2019]
"Pure blues at its most urgently expressive. A rollicking tour de force."
–Living Blues


"Dynamic excitement...Nick Moss is a major force in contemporary blues. Dennis Gruenling plays soaring harp...Infectious, finger-snappin’ R&B."
–Blues Music Magazine


 The Nick Moss Band Featuring Dennis Gruenling has announced North American and European dates for their 2019 Lucky Guy!tour. Lucky Guy!, the highly anticipated new Alligator album, will be released on August 9, 2019.

Since the 2018 release of their Alligator Records debut, The High Cost Of Low Living, the band -- guitarist/vocalist Moss, harmonicist/vocalist Gruenling, pianist Taylor Streiff, bassist Rodrigo Mantovani, drummer Patrick Sealshas -- have toured relentlessly, playing for wildly enthusiastic fans and winning over critics and radio programmers worldwide. UK tastemaker magazine MOJO said, “Guitarist and singer Nick Moss shows the world his fearsome guitar chops and his complete familiarity with the great tradition of Chicago blues music. Partnered with harmonica-player Dennis Gruenling, Moss creates a two-headed monster that takes the band thundering through crisp originals.”

Lucky Guy! features the classic Chicago blues sound the band is known for. But, as Moss himself notes, there are also “a few other flavors,” including Louisiana swamp pop, West Coast blues, New Orleans funk, and even some proto-rock and roll. The album was produced by Kid Andersen (guitarist for Rick Estrin & The Nightcats) and Moss and recorded at Andersen’s Greaseland Studio in San Jose, California. All but one of the 14 songs are originals, with 11 by Moss and two by Gruenling.

Although Moss and Gruenling had known each other for 20 years and had jammed together often, it wasn’t until 2016 that they decided to team up full time. Moss’ expressive and expansive blues guitar playing flawlessly meshes with Gruenling’s monster harmonica chops. On stage, the two communicate seemingly telepathically, as Moss' raw, fiery guitar and Gruenling's whisper-to-a-roar harmonica feed energy to each other and the band. “When the band and I get on stage,” says Moss, “the music takes over. We can’t hold back and the energy just comes pouring out. We get carried away and the audience gets carried away with us.”

LUCKY GUY!Tour:
Jul 31    97LAV Scully’s Statewide Moving Summertime Blues Concert Series, Grand Rapids, MI

Aug 02   Athens Performing Arts Corp. Summer Concert Series, Athens, NY
Aug 03   Bull Run Restaurant, Shirley, MA
Aug 04   Musikfest, Bethlehem, PA
Aug 06   Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, MA
Aug 07   Chan's, Woonsocket, RI
Aug 09   Festival de Blues de Donnacona, Donnacona, QC, CANADA
Aug 10   Heritage Music BluesFest, Wheeling, WV
Aug 12   WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour, Lexington, KY
Aug 14   Knuckleheads Saloon, Kansas City, MO
Aug 15   SPAH Convention, Tulsa, OK
Aug 16   BB’s Jazz, Blues & Soups, St. Louis, MO
Aug 17   La Porte County Blues Festival, La Porte, IN
Aug 18   High Noon Saloon, Madison, WI
Aug 23   Bean Blossom Blues Festival, Bean Blossom, IN
Aug 24   Crossroads Blues Festival, Rockford, IL at Lyran Park

Sep 01   Alonzo's Memorial Picnic, Rosedale, MD
Sep 06   Blind Willie's, Atlanta, GA
Sep 08   Capitol Oyster Bar, Montgomery, AL
Sep 20   Jazz & Blues in the Village, Sarnia, ON, CANADA
Sep 27   Ignition Music Garage, Goshen, IN
Sep 28   New Albany Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival, New Albany, IN

Oct 10   Canal Bank Shuffle, Thorold, ON, CANADA
Oct 11   Rock Star Music Hall, Windsor, ON, CANADA
Oct 12   KBD Hall, Chatham, ON, CANADA
Oct 17   Move 2 Blues, Hasselt, BELGIUM
Oct 18   Sang a Klang, Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG
Oct 19   The Odeon Scene Jean-Roger Caussimon, Tremblay-en-France, FRANCE
Oct 20   Keeping The Blues Alive, Deurne-Vlierden, NETHERLANDS
Oct 26   Blues Station Concerts, Tournon-d'Agenais, FRANCE
Oct 27   Café Zaal De Gouden Leeuw, Dongen, NETHERLANDS

Nov 01   Blues Paradise 2019, Næstved, DENMARK
Nov 02   Blues Heaven Festival, Frederikshavn, DENMARK
Nov 04   Rockhouse Salzburg, Salzburg, AUSTRIA
Nov 05   Reigen Live, Vienna, AUSTRIA
Nov 08   Bischofsmühle Cyclus 66 e.V., Hildesheim, GERMANY
Nov 09   Blaublues Festival, Haringe, BELGIUM
Nov 10   Haus Windheim No2, Petershagen, GERMANY
Nov 22   Reading Blues Fest, Reading, PA